By Claire Harlin
The Solana Beach City Council expressed interest Nov. 16 in possibly pursuing a resolution that could address nuclear waste storage, emergency protocol and nuclear station safety, among other issues relating to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
The measure was brought forth during the public communication portion of the council’s regular meeting, and officials said it would have to be presented by city staff in the form of a recommendation in order for the council to take action. Council members agreed that they need to check sources and conduct a comprehensive analysis before moving forward.
Advocacy group San Clemente Green, in collaboration with Solana Beach resident Torgen Johnson, made a presentation to the council that detailed a number of possible risks that Solana Beach faces, particularly due to its proximity to the nuclear station. These risks include nuclear reactor accidents or disaster resulting from seismic activity, human error or equipment failure. Johnson also expressed concern that North County has not been included in adequate emergency planning.
Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, San Clemente Green has been advocating a total shut-down of San Onofre, and the group was successful in urging the San Clemente City Council to draft a resolution calling for better solutions at the generating station. They are urging a similar measure of the Solana Beach council.
A number of supporters who attended the presentation gave a round of applause when Mayor Lesa Heebner said she would be in support of working toward a resolution or the drafting of a letter.
Councilman Mike Nichols said he will be working closely with Johnson and he feels confident that the information presented in San Clemente Green’s presentation is accurate.
Councilmen Tom Campbell and Joe Kellejian said it’s premature to discuss a resolution.
City Manager David Ott said city staff will bring the issue back to the council in the form of a staff report or recommendation.